Earth Works

Earth Works : Selected Essays

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In the hands of award-winning writer Scott Russell Sanders, the essay becomes an inquisitive and revelatory form of art. In 30 of his finest essays -- nine never before collected -- Sanders examines his Midwestern background, his father's drinking, his opposition to war, his literary inheritance, and his feeling for wildness. He also tackles such vital issues as the disruption of Earth's climate, the impact of technology, the mystique of money, the ideology of consumerism, and the meaning of sustainability. Throughout, he asks perennial questions: What is a good life? How do family and culture shape a person's character? How should we treat one another and the Earth? What is our role in the cosmos? Readers and writers alike will find wisdom and inspiration in Sanders's luminous and thought-provoking prose.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 26mm | 748.42g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253000947
  • 9780253000941

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"Like the building stones of his beloved limestone country, Scott Russell Sanders's enduring essays are beautifully carved from the material of the Earth and its layered lives. The reach of Sanders's incandescent mind will remind readers of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The fierce eloquence of his defense of what is right will remind them of Thoreau. The warmth of his open heart is signature Scott Russell Sanders. This collection of Sanders's finest work will become a classic of American thought." Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature "The many things that Scott Russell Sanders cares about--social justice, family, our place in nature, the ways in which culture and place reflect one another--are all woven together wonderfully in this collection of essays. Here is a voice to dispel confusion and keep us well rooted." Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift and Common as Air "In language that's patient, probing and precise, Sanders, who is based in Bloomington, has, over the past 30 years or so, built a body of work articulating what it means to live during this time on planet Earth and, particularly, that part of the planet called the American Midwest." - NUVO "Earth Works, which collects twenty-one of Sanders's essays from previous books and adds nine others that haven't appeared in book form, is a chance for newcomers to see what they've been missing - and for longtime admirers of the writer to reconnect with a favorite voice." - Barnes and Noble Review "By turns somber and snap-out-of-it buoyant, these elegant artifacts of restless inquiry cover subjects as intimate as the author's sexual awakening and his father's alcoholism, as broad as the origins of the universe and the disarray of contemporary hyper-urban society." - Indianapolis Starshow more

About Scott Russell Sanders

Scott Russell Sanders, Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington, is author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Private History of Awe, Writing from the Center (IUP, 1995), and A Conservationist Manifesto (IUP, 2009). Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, and the Mark Twain Award.show more

Table of contents

Preface The Singular First Person; At Play in the Paradise of Bombs; The Men We Carry in Our Minds; Doing Time in the Thirteenth Chair; The Inheritance of Tools; Under the Influence; Looking at Women; Reasons of the Body; After the Flood; House and Home; Staying Put; Wayland; Letter to a Reader; Buckeye; The Common Life; Voyageurs; Mountain Music; Wildness; Beauty; Silence; The Force of Spirit; The Uses of Muscle; A Private History of Awe; A Road into Chaos and Old Night; Words Addressed to Our Condition Exactly; Honoring the Ordinary; Speaking for the Land; The Mystique of Money; Buffalo Eddy; Mind in the Forest Notes and Acknowledgementsshow more

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